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    Papaya King waynesworld's Avatar
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    Ever buy a bike you really don't need, like I just did?

    Ok, I don't need another bike, but I'm always checking Craigslist anyway for deals. Someone had a Trek 7.3 FX for sale for $200. He said he got it for Christmas last December, but already had a relatively new Specialized mountain bike. He was moving and just didn't want to take them both.

    This bike is a little scratched up. It's the Carrera Blue color. All the parts appear to be stock, according to the Trek website, and the guys appeared to be on the level about everything, so I bought it. I have a new Felt X City D, and I really like it. I don't need this bike. But I like it, and now I own it. Oh, I did take it for a short test ride and it fits me perfectly, and seems to be in good working order.

    It's tough to compare, because the Felt now has fenders, a rack, one basket style pannier, and bar ends, but I think the Trek was probably lighter to begin with. I would guess the wheels and tires alone make quite a bit of weight difference. The Felt's are bigger and probably a bit more sturdy.

    So, I love my Felt, but now I also own a 7.3 FX. For $700 for both, not including taxes and mods, I think that's ok. What do the rest of you think?
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    Awesome your well on your way. 7 plus 1 or 2 is the perfect number of bikes to own.
    It's none of my business what other people think of me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saddle Up View Post
    Awesome your well on your way. 7 plus 1 or 2 is the perfect number of bikes to own.
    I'm on my way, with three so far.

    Oh, and the FX appears to be more like the Felt Speed series of bikes, so not a direct duplicate of my X City. I guess that helps me rationalize it somewhat It seems to be about like the Giant Rapid that I test rode.

    Still coming down from the "new bike high".
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    with a ~$1700 dent in my pocket, yes, i know what it feels like to buy a bike you really didnt need.

    it's something i wanted though and im happy at that

    you paid $700 in total for both? great numbers. i scour craigslist like a hawk on cocaine and always come across good prices for FX models but they're never in my size...

    seriously! what's a 6'1" dude going to do with a 15" trek fx 7.2? l0l
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    Papaya King waynesworld's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by sh00k View Post
    with a ~$1700 dent in my pocket, yes, i know what it feels like to buy a bike you really didnt need.

    it's something i wanted though and im happy at that

    you paid $700 in total for both? great numbers. i scour craigslist like a hawk on cocaine and always come across good prices for FX models but they're never in my size...

    seriously! what's a 6'1" dude going to do with a 15" trek fx 7.2? l0l
    Yep, $500 for the Felt new on clearance, and $200 for the used 7.3.

    I know what you mean about sizing. I've had the same problems. I actually thought this bike would be too big for me, but then I looked up the numbers, and they are nearly identical to my Felt, though the manufacturers call them different sizes.

    This is actually the first FX I've seen on the local Craigslist. Really lucky it fit (I'm 5'11". The FX is 22.5"). Now I need to get out and ride!
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    I buy stuff I don't need on Craigslist all the time. I am a sucker for a great deal. For example, a couple of months ago I bought a very lightly used Mavic Kyserium Elite wheelset for $200. What on earth do I need that wheelset for? To put on my Trek 7.5FX, of course!!!

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    Can you have too many bikes?? Nah...Congrats on a great find.

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    Great find. I would have done it in a second.
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    $200 for a slightly used 7.3 is a good deal. Hell, you could hang it on your living room wall like Sh00k does with his 7.7 FX .

    I kept a bike I did not need. My old GT timberline mountain/hyrbid. Now it's fixed up almost ready for winter riding complete with $13 planet bike fenders.

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    Today I got some pics. I installed a cheap Nashbar light set I had lying around. Everything else is how she came. Oddly, I think the best pic is the one in the garage. I included some closeups of the scratching. It is rather substantial.

    I did spend some time adjusting the rear brake today. I've read that these brakes come out of adjustment all the time, which I can believe. Boy this thing rides nice.

    So, without further ado:
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    I haven't bought bikes I didn't need, but I have bought motorcycles and cars/trucks that I didn't need, just because they were cheap. At least bicycles require less maintenance.

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    Awesome. Yeah I just added to my small and growing stable this evening. I definitely did not need it, as there so few things I really do, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity.
    Now in addition to my
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    Papaya King waynesworld's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedwagon98 View Post
    I haven't bought bikes I didn't need, but I have bought motorcycles and cars/trucks that I didn't need, just because they were cheap. At least bicycles require less maintenance.
    I'm with you Speedwagon. The Saab 9-3 in the pics with the bike is a prime example. Didn't need it, but I'd wanted a Saab my entire adult life, and got it for a great price, also on Craigslist. I've had to do some things since, but I still don't have the money in it that I'd have had to pay for the same vehicle in the condition it is now in.

    But, didn't need the Saab, as I have a perfectly serviceable GMC Sonoma that now sees little use. Sure do like the 9-3 though
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    Quote Originally Posted by MorganRaider View Post
    $200 for a slightly used 7.3 is a good deal. Hell, you could hang it on your living room wall like Sh00k does with his 7.7 FX .
    I'm setting a precedent - It's a new form of art installation. Hanging modes of transportation on your wall. Hell, Nasa air and space has planes hanging from their ceiling. Hanging a bike on my wall doesnt seem so crazy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waynesworld View Post
    Today I got some pics. I installed a cheap Nashbar light set I had lying around. Everything else is how she came. Oddly, I think the best pic is the one in the garage. I included some closeups of the scratching. It is rather substantial.

    I did spend some time adjusting the rear brake today. I've read that these brakes come out of adjustment all the time, which I can believe. Boy this thing rides nice.

    So, without further ado:
    Alright, this is the picture police...come out with your bike facing the other direction so we can see the deraileurs. We'll let you off with a warning this time!! Move along...

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    Nice find! Now you got one for a utility bike, and one for faster and lighter work....

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    I buy bikes that I don't "need" yeah...

    I just bought a truck that I didn't need, but it was a good price and I wanted a manual. $1200 for a 2001 Chevy S10 with less than 100k didn't seem like a bad price, so I jumped on it.
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    Papaya King waynesworld's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Cloud View Post
    Alright, this is the picture police...come out with your bike facing the other direction so we can see the deraileurs. We'll let you off with a warning this time!! Move along...
    Can do!
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    Much better! Drive side, close-ups and no automobile! Thanks.

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    I want that Allant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Cloud View Post
    Can you have too many bikes?? Nah...Congrats on a great find.
    +1

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    Yes,several. Only I've now run out of room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dynaryder View Post
    Yes,several. Only I've now run out of room.
    Ahh, I see you've fallen down the slippery n+1 slope.
    I have a feeling that "running out of room" won't be a
    strong enough reason to stop you from getting another.
    It's just a matter of time...

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    Actually,I have to move bikes out of the way to open my bedroom and livingroom windows,so it does appear I've hit critical mass. Plus I guess I really don't need 3 BBU's.

    Maybe I need to get into folding bikes.

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    Oh, you needed it.
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